South Africa’s Jacob Zuma to hear corruption charges decision

South Africa’s prosecuting authority is to announce whether it will reinstate corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma over a 1999 arms deal.

Originally, the charges were dropped weeks before the 2009 election which led to him becoming president.

But last month, a high court judge described that decision as “irrational”.

Mr Zuma has always denied the allegations which are linked to an arms deal worth billions of dollars.

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Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should consider re-opening the case.

The opposition Democratic Alliance asked the courts to review the 2009 decision after it got access to the evidence in the so-called “spy tapes” that led the chief prosecutor Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the case.

In 2009, Mr Mpshe said that the tapes – recordings of phone conversations between officials discussing the timing of the case against Mr Zuma – suggested that there was political interference in the investigation.

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